International – WHO announces launch of new pandemic preparedness initiative

The new ‘Preparedness and Resilience for Emerging Threats Initiative’ incorporates the latest tools and approaches for shared learning and collective action established during the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent public health emergencies, according to WHO.

The initiative’s first module focuses specifically on responding to the threat or arrival of respiratory pathogens, including influenza, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus.

This will enable countries to critically review, test and update their respiratory pandemic planning efforts to ensure they have the functional capacities and capabilities in place…